When should you take your child to the dentist?

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At what age should you first see a dentist?

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First birthday – first visit.

  • Your child’s first visit to the dentist should take place at 12 months of age, or six months after eruption of the first baby teeth.

How to prepare your young child for their visit.


Do’s  –  

  • Role play with your child at home (Pretend you’re the dentist & ask your child to open their mouth & count their teeth)
  • Read a story to your child about going to the dentist
  • Watch a DVD about a character your child likes about going to the dentist (e.g. Peppa Pig, Dora the Explorer)
  • Talk to your child about what to expect & build excitement
  • Make the dental appointment for a time that your child is well and not tired or hungry. Early in the day is normally best suited to young children.
  • Inform your dentist about any medical conditions
  • Be relaxed when talking about the dentist.



  • Don’t use negative words like needle, hurt, and sore to convey anxiety about the dentist.
  • Don’t bring them in tired as very young children are often fussy, will cry a little, and may not sit still.


What will happen on the first visit?


  • A parent may need to sit in the dental chair & have the child sit on their lap during the examination.
  • The dentist will conduct a gentle but thorough examination of the teeth that are through to make sure they are healthy.
  • The dentist will instruct the parent on how best to do brushing, as well as diet & general oral health tips.

The dentist will be able to answer questions or concerns you may have, and make your child relax and feel comfortable throughout the visit.


Why visit the dentist?


Decay can occur as soon as teeth appear. Identifying signs of early childhood decay is vital.

Visiting a dentist early in childhood can lead to a lifetime of good oral health habits.


Call The Dental Place, Reservoir on 9460 7070 to make your child’s appointment, and introduce them to the world of healthy teeth and mouths.  All at your Dentist in Reservoir.

Being on Broadway, we are easily accessible, with lots of parking available.

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